Memorable Manitobans: Edna Irene Talbot Bryant (1884-1975)
Born at Winnipeg on 30 January 1884, daughter of Charles Henry Talbot (1842-1889) and Phoebe Anna “Annie” Smith (1846-1923), she grew up in the Qu’Appelle district of the North West Territories [now Saskatchewan] and returned there often when not teaching. In 1901, she received a second-class teaching certificate in Manitoba and had joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board by 1905, when she was given a leave of absence from October to December. She taught at Strathcona School (1907-1909) and was appointed Principal of the newly-opened King Edward School (1909), serving in that capacity from to the end of the spring term. The following year, she returned to the classroom, working at Isbister School (1909-1910), Strathcona School (1911-1912, 1914-1916), and William Whyte School (1916-1918).
In the earlier years of the First World War, she made the the acquaintance of John Lawther “Jack” Bryant (1886-1975) before his military deployment overseas. While continuing to work as a teacher, she also completed a Home Nursing Certificate from the St. John’s Ambulance Association in March 1917. With the end of the 1918 school year, she went to Europe to served as a Nurse with a Voluntary Aid Detachment, from July 1918 to February 1919. She married Jack, probably in England, on 4 March 1919. The couple returned to Manitoba and had at least six children. They lived at in the Rural Municipality of Shellmouth during the 1920s and later moved to Penticton, British Columbia.
She died at her Penticton home on 2 November 1975.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1891, 1901, 1906, & 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.
“Successful candidates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 August 1901, page 5.
“Need more schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 October 1905, page 8.
“Undelivered certificates of the St. John’s Ambulance Association,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1920, page 12.
Shellmouth - Our Century - History of Shellmouth and District, Manitoba, Canada, Shellmouth Historical Club.
Volunteers during the First World War, Miss Edna Irene Talbot, British Red Cross.
AndersonDennis2010 family tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 14 March 2016
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